Creating aC.H.A.R.M.E.D.Online DiscussionWGSS 230The Ohio State UniversityKimberly McKee
CONSIDERATETreat each other with respect. Take the timeto read and respond to each other in such away that a learning environment cancontinue to develop. Format your post sothat everyone can learn from yourknowledge, skills and experience.
HELPFULEven a well-presented and structured coursemay create some confusion. It is very easy tolose your place or miss reading informationon certain links or pages. When otherstudents are lost, offer a helping hand bypointing them in the right direction so theycan regain their confidence in the onlineclassroom.
AWARE We all have had different life experiences. Beaware that your written word is the only form ofcommunication in an asynchronous learningenvironment. Use your words carefully. Askyourself if your comment could possibly beinterpreted as insulting, disrespectful,discriminating, mocking, or rude. How wouldyou feel if this comment were directed towardyou?
RECOGNIZEWhile you are aware of your life experiences(positionality), recognize that within adiscussion you should be able to learn fromyour peers and the instructor. What newideas are being offered within thediscussion? How do these newunderstandings inform your opinions?
MINDFUL Remember not to SHOUT. Using all capital letters whencommunicating in an online environment is known asshouting. This usage is considered a rude method ofcommunicating. Avoid using all capital letters in your onlinecommunications. Since we only interact with each other(primarily) via Carmen and/or Adobe Connect, yourintentions may be unclear at the beginning. WRITING LIKETHIS TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR PEERS ANDTHE INSTRUCTOR CAN BE MISINTERPRETED AND BEALIENTATING!
ENCOURAGING Not everyone may be familiar with theDiscussion Board (DB) format; be wary ofmaking any assumptions about computer/internet literacy. Notice the habits of yourclassmates. Provide encouragement forcreative and critical conversation.
DISCUSS While we know this class is discussion based,remember that for a good discussion to begenerated, you should enter into conversation withone another. How can you respond to a studentspost and build off of their comments?Asynchronous participation requires engagementwith one another. Dont be afraid to insert yourselfinto the discussion.
A Special Thanks…to Dr. Marie Mika, Department of Sociology, The Ohio StateUniversity for sharing her discussion board guidelines for Sociology202 (specifically her definitions for: considerate; helpful;encouraging; and aware).Photo Credit: http://distilleryimage2.instagram.com/283368aa646811e19896123138142014_7.jpg